At TBC we love techno, it is our favourite genre of electronic music but our love of electronic music generally means that we cast our net further afield to ensure that we enjoy all flavours of electronic music. In 2009 we encountered the rebirth of a music genre that lies at the foundation of electronic music, the general party/clubbing scene and a genre that we not only love but were brought up on by our parents; Disco. The resurgence of D.I.S.C.O in 2009 was via a few niche labels that reintroduced the genre through deep/funky house and they also promoted their sound with two new amazing CD series; Horse Meat Disco and Future Disco (via Needwant records). Both of these series exploded with the former now up to vol.4 while running a successful label night all over the world and the latter releasing 7 volumes of exquisite disco cuts, also running a successful global franchise and helping rear some of the more successful producers in the scene; Tensnake and Aeroplane to name a couple. Future Disco have now announced their newest edition titled Nighttime Networks which is volume 8 in the series and we have been lucky enough at TBC to get our hands on a promo copy way before its release date on the 20th April, thanks Future Disco and Needwant records.
The style of the mix is similar to the previous CDs in the series; quality disco and deep house with cool, classy beats and vocals. You will find yourself tapping your feet all the way through and smiling to the warm vocals and nice mixing style which keeps the flow moving nicely. The first five tracks which lead up to Zoot Woman’s Don’t Tear Yourself Apart are the perfect intro. The Working Elite’s Freedom changes things up with an acid remix and old school house sounds by Tuff City Kids. Bufiman funks it up with Running (The Chase) which features some nice guitar strings and a catchy hand clap. By the time Johannes Brecht’s Another World kicks in the mix takes a new direction into a more uplifting progressive style which is a new direction for the Future Disco series, this tune is just epic. Vimes’ Celestial and Few Nolder’s Clouds then continue the uplifting progressive vibe. These three tracks work together very well. The mix then changes pace again with Fur’s Pulp to bring the mix towards a close but there are still three tracks to go; Hot Chip’s How Do You Do (Zabiela Remix), Portable’s Surrender and Weval’s Something. The final three tracks finish with a more eclectic feel, Surrender is a dreamy vocal track with a blissed out feel and the mix ends with Something which continues in the same vein as the BPM slows and the vocals are echoed to create a chilled, dreamy effect.
The standout tracks on the mix are Few Nolder’s Clouds which is one of our favourites over the last 12 months. It is such a versatile track featuring in so many types of dj sets and mixes. The Working Elite’s Freedom and Bufiman’s Running (The Chase) are typical standout Future Disco tracks that also fall into the deep house and disco genre respectively. Johannes Brecht’s Another World should also get a mention as this is a great release on Mario Basanov’s label BOSO.
Our overall opinion at TBC is that this is the most alternative of the Future Disco series leaning more towards the Poolside sounds or the most recent All Day Dancing mix series. While the mix works well and you will enjoy it the fact that the disco foundation hasn’t been retained makes volume 8 feel too fragmented and diverse. We hope that the next in the series returns to its roots as we are sorry to say that unfortunately this is the weakest of the 8 volumes.
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CD1 – Mixed
1. Andras Fox – Your Life
2. Musk – Waters (feat. Merveille Mubakemeshi & Avidus)
3. Ron Basejam feat. Danielle Moore – Dippin’ In
4. HNNY – 12.00
5. Zoot Woman – Don’t Tear Yourself Apart (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)
6. The Working Elite – Freedom (Tuff City Kids Acid Over Remix)
7. Bufiman – Running (The Chase)
8. Krystal Klear – Fumer Tue
9. Johannes Brecht – Another World
10. VIMES – Celestial (Gardens of God Remix)
11. Few Nolder – Clouds (Boso Reversion)
12. Fur – Pulp (Linkwood’s Stargazer Mix)
13. Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (James Zabiela Remix)
14. Portable – Surrender feat. Lcio
15. Weval – Something (Live)
CD2 – Unmixed
1. Bufiman – Running (The Chase)
2. The Working Elite – Freedom (Tuff City Kids Acid Over Remix)
3. Few Nolder – Clouds (Boso Reversion)
4. Johannes Brecht – Another World
5. VIMES – Celestial (Gardens of God Remix)
6. Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (James Zabiela Remix)
7. Musk – Waters (feat. Merveille Mubakemeshi & Avidus)
8. Ron Basejam feat. Danielle Moore – Dippin’ In
9. Weval – Something (Live)
10. Portable – Surrender feat. Lcio